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Notebook: Bill Self Mauls Giving Super Bowl Pick

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Bill Self praises KU basketball's defense ahead of TTU showdown
"They do different things,” Self said of Texas Tech. “But the whole thing is, you should base what you do on your own personnel. And if they had Doke they wouldn't be doing it the exact same way that they're doing it now because they're playing without a five man."

Back spasms keeping Kansas' Jalen Wilson from potential return
"The news is he isn't practiced because he's got back spasms," Self said, adding "it has nothing to do with his foot." "We're getting ready to play Tennessee. Going into that Friday, he was thinking that, 'Hey I was full speed yesterday and I'll be ready to go and I'll show you coach that I'm ready.' In pre-practice he hurts his back and hasn't been able to do anything since."

Bill Self predicts multiple Super Bowl wins for Patrick Mahomes
"Yeah, I think we'll win Sunday," Self responded, picking the Chiefs. "I do think it's going to be hard, though. I think [the] 49ers' defense is pretty good, [though] I don't watch it as close as I'm sure some [do]."

NCAA amends KU's Notice of Allegations |
Unlike the other allegations against the football program, which are Level II violations and allegedly took place under former head coach David Beaty, the new one is a less severe Level III violation. It reportedly took place in 2019, after Les Miles took over the program.

Bits o Chalk

Wizards' Bradley Beal upset at All-Star Game omission
"I'm a little pissed off about it," Beal, a two-time All-Star, told NBC Sports Washington after the Wizards' 121-107 victory. "I know how I am, [so] I was kind of expecting it, honestly. It's disrespectful, but the real ones know [I'm an All-Star]. I'll just keep competing. I'm going to try to get my team in the playoffs for sure."

Barnwell's Super Bowl LIV preview - What to know for 49ers-Chiefs, with predictions and more
Super Bowl LIV feels like the dawning of a new era. For the first time since the 2015 season, the New England Patriots will not be competing in the NFL's title game. With serious questions about the future of Tom Brady and the viability of the New England dynasty, Sunday (6:30 p.m. ET, Fox) brings an opportunity for two of the league's most vibrant, entertaining teams to take their place as the league's new model franchise.

Losing Kobe Bryant, the Dad - The Ringer
After you have children, you come to find out that that sort of thing is baked into your Parent DNA. You convince yourself that, regardless of the circumstances, regardless of how hopeless whatever pretend situation you’ve cast yourself into might be, you will always find a way to protect your children. You really and honestly and truly believe that. You feel it all the way down in your fucking chromosomes. You know it to be true. You ABSOLUTELY know it to be true.

But it’s not.

Raptors' Kyle Lowry says he was pushed by fan after diving into stands
Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry said he was pushed by a fan when he dove into the stands going after a loose ball during Thursday night's game against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Donovan Mitchell, Rudy Gobert among first-time All-Star reserves
This year's NBA All-Star Game will mark a changing of the guard of sorts, as -- for the first time in a decade -- there will be nine players making their first appearance in the league's annual midseason showcase.

Eraser Dust

Sanders, Biden are neck-and-neck in new NBC/WSJ national poll
Just days before the first votes are counted in the Democratic primary, a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal national poll finds Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Vice President Joe Biden statistically tied at the top of the Democratic field.

Trump's impeachment trial is being tuned out by America because no one thinks it matters
Just over 4 million people, in a country of 320 million-plus, tuned in for the opening arguments on the three big networks last week. That’s well less than the 11 million people who regularly watch the soaps on those channels. Fox News viewership was sent “skyrocketing” when Trump’s defense team got going on Saturday, The Washington Examiner reported, but the audience was still in the low millions.

Flathead Co. man arrested after SWAT standoff | KECI
A 20-year-old Flathead County man is in jail after a four-hour standoff with Flathead County Sheriff’s Office and Kalispell Police Department SWAT personnel in Hungry Horse Tuesday evening.

Addressing Montana’s Health ‘Deserts’ - Flathead Beacon
Residents in some rural communities must travel more than 100 miles to get care for simple medical examinations such as mammography scans or MRIs. Often, they don’t have reliable transportation or don’t want to travel unless they absolutely have to.

Transportation officials display new options for Kalispell Bypass intersections
Montana Department of Transportation officials displayed new options Thursday for the southern section of the Kalispell Bypass.

Sharks in Kentucky? Scientists make significant discovery in Mammoth Cave | News |
Among the dangling bats, vibrant orange salamanders and plentiful cave crickets that call Mammoth Cave home, the profile of a new type of animal is starting to emerge after a recent discovery.

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